Most schools have parents evening twice a year. One at the beginning of the academic year (October) when the teacher is just getting to know your child and one at the end (July) when it is often too late to address any concerns.
So it is important that you go well prepared. I always go with a pen and paper so that I can jot down notes and inevitably lose the notes! So now, if it’s a lot to write down, then I ask the teacher to email me a set of targets for my child. It should be easy to do for the teacher and I always go back to those notes to refresh my memory.
This way we work together and at the end of the year/term I can review the progress made myself. You don’t have to ask all 10 questions, just pick the ones relevant to you.
Here are some questions to ask:
1. Is my child happy at school? This means on an emotional and social basis.
2. What is my child’s attitude to learning?
3. Can he/she make friends easily?
4. Does he/she contribute to class discussions?
5. What does my child enjoy doing? Does my child prefer practical subjects (eg P.E, art, Design Tech), sciences (eg maths, science, geography) or humanities (history, English)?
6. What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
7. How can I help at home?
8. Is he/she at the right/expected level for his/her age group? If your child is on the SEN register, then ask to see their IEP (Individual Education Plan). If you are worried about your child having learning difficulties then bring this up as well. If your child is getting extra support at school then ask for details so that you know exactly what is being done to help your child.
9. For older children ask about any outstanding work and when school exams are.
10. How much homework should my child be getting?
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